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Warning: Big yawns ahead - a build by snout

I've been a member since 2015 and never thought of my Jeep to need a build page. It probably still doesn't, but here goes anyway. If I can at least help someone in their quest to build a mild weekend wheeler, then, cool. If not, then may a thousand nutsacks teabag your forehead.

In the beginning there was this...


Currently, it looks like this...


Originally I traded a 2012 FJ Cruiser for a Manual 2015 Rubicon Sticker Edition. The FJ was just not my thing. It had it's hip-ticket punched with the standard mods that FJ owners do, but it still didn't get me excited like a Jeep does. Now you know my dirty secret.

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I have never washed the outside of my Jeep in 3 years. Occasionally it gets hosed off or rained on. I clean out the interior but that's it.

I don't have an ramp or fork lift so when I need to check if things rub, I use my backhoe to dig a hole in my back yard and drive my jeep into the hole and start looking for binds / rubs.

When I change something on my JKU, I always ask myself would thedirtman make a stinging but accurate comment that ends in "...but it's your money do what you want". That keeps me from going bonkers with my AMEX. I still slip up from time to time. See Wheel & Tire section for proof.

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Current mods:
Suspension
  • Synergy long arms
  • Synergy 3" Springs
  • Synergy 3" bump stops
  • Synergy trackbar brackets
  • Fox 2.0 Adventure series shocks
  • Removed Electronic Swaybar and replaced with standard swaybar + Synergy quick disconnects
  • Stock trackbars
Steering
  • Synergy draglink, flipped
  • Synergy Cromoly tie rod
  • Synergy Steering Stabilizer bracket (bolts to the trackbar relo bracket)
  • Synergy steering stabilizer tie rod clamp
  • Fox Performance series stabilizer
Engine / Exhaust
  • Synergy exhaust spacers (removed for loop delete)
  • Magnaflow Exhaust Loop Delete
Driveline / Axles / Brakes
  • Motive Gear 5.38 R&P front and rear
  • Poison Spider Bombshell Diff covers (front + rear w/ Lubelocker gaskets + FNL fasteners)
  • Synergy front LCA Skid Plates
  • Ten Factory Axle shafts
  • Crown extended brake lines
  • Extended rear axle breather tube
  • Adams 1310 Front driveshaft (flange adapter - I did not want to mess with the pinion nut)
Wheel & Tire
  • Trailready HD Beadlocks 17x8.5 3.5" BS - Grey with unfinished medium rings + spare
  • Trailready angled steel valve stems
  • Swapped fasteners for FNL branded
  • BFG KM2s 37x12.5 (Think of them as full-sized 35's)
  • 12oz Dynabeads per wheel
Body / Bumpers / Armor
  • Teraflex tire carrier + mount
  • Teraflex carrier CB mount, drilled to 3/4" for NMO mount
  • VKS Shorty V3 Bumper with winch hoop
  • VKS "The Standard" weld-on sliders
  • VKS Rear D-rings
  • VKS Rear bumper cap tossed into the landfill
  • Factory fenders trimmed flat
  • Removed factory fender liners
  • Removed rear Bumper and receiver
  • Cut off front crash bar and trimmed back frame for bumper / winch
  • Pinch seam trimmed in back
Recovery
  • Warm Zeon 10-S winch (synth line)
  • Brand X Shackles and Snatch Block
  • Harbor Freight straps
  • 48" Hi-lift
  • Factor55 Bling Thimble
Misc.
  • Relocated Vacuum pump (currently using Metal Cloak bracket)
  • Pelican 50Qt Cooler
  • Viair 450P air compressor
  • Staun Deflaters
Electronic / Lighting
  • BTECH Mini UV-25X4 25 Watt Tri-Band radio
  • Nagoya TB-320A 2m/1.25m/70cm 39" antenna
  • Rugged Ridge overhead radio mount
  • Front fog light delete (a.k.a. ziptied wires behind grill)
  • Flashcal for disabling TPMS and setting tire size

Pending Mods (I have them sitting on a shelf in my garage)
  • Redneck ram
  • Synergy Front lower shock relocation
  • Synergy C Gussets
  • Misc brackets
  • Synergy Jeep JK Inner Inner Axle Sleeve Kit
  • Synergy not-servicible Balljoints



Wish list
  • Skids / Armor
  • Rear Driveshaft
  • Dual Batteries
  • Bacon

I'm probably forgetting stuff.
Working on uploading photos to my hosting service.
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Once I installed my suspension components I took it down to get it aligned. With the current specs, I don't have issues with wandering. Everything is smooth up to 50mph, then slight slow shake between 50 and 55. It's smooth as glass from 55-75.

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Thursday, I went down to Fresno to visit the folks at VKS to get a set of sliders (ordered thru RCO, thanks Marcus!) burned on. Got to meet Vick and snoop around the shop while they worked on my Jeep.

Vick has a great shop and all the coolest toys. Got to see his plasma table, the monster press brake and more weld porn than you could shake a dick at. I picked up a few welding tips from Vick free of charge. Here's some samples of his magic:




I was embarassed he might have spotted where I trigger welded my LCA skids

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Nice build, looks ready to handle the Con on Thursday or Friday!! See you soon.....

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you may have just inspired the forum's most apathetic & self-deprecating member to follow your lead ( beginning a build page) *.

That would be pretty cool to go to meet VKS ,Vick & hang around that shop. Not-to-mention being able to have VKS burn their sliders onto yer pig...



Nice freakin' build so-far ,man
























(*dont overlook the "may-have" part; my generation like to find ways-outta even the smallest commitment )


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you may have just inspired the forum's most apathetic & self-deprecating member to follow your lead ( beginning a build page) *.
FYI, I was slightly winded and had a sweaty forehead after I submitted the initial post, so I get it. I am looking forward to following yours since a lot of the stuff I chose was based on your experience and guidance.

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Nice build, looks ready to handle the Con on Thursday or Friday!! See you soon.....
Thanks for the positive waves, sir. I wish I could have made it down to Jeep night to get it inspected, however, I was afraid you guys might haze me. I have this reoccurring nightmare where I'm forced to spread crunchy peanut butter between my butt cheeks in exchange for admittance into a secret society.
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I have this reoccurring nightmare where I'm forced to spread crunchy peanut butter between my butt cheeks in exchange for admittance into a secret society.
🤣😂🤣😂 I just spit coffee all over the wall.....
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I have never washed the outside of my Jeep in 3 years. Occasionally it gets hosed off or rained on. I clean out the interior but that's it.
We need to join forces, I only clean the outside never cleaned the inside. Dusty plastic doesn't rust so I can't be bothered to deal with it
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Thanks for the positive waves, sir. I wish I could have made it down to Jeep night to get it inspected, however, I was afraid you guys might haze me. I have this reoccurring nightmare where I'm forced to spread crunchy peanut butter between my butt cheeks in exchange for admittance into a secret society.

lmao

I haven't gone yet either because I'm afraid it's something like this....

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I don't have an ramp or fork lift so when I need to check if things rub, I use my backhoe to dig a hole in my back yard and drive my jeep into the hole and start looking for binds / rubs.

When I change something on my JKU, I always ask myself would thedirtman make a stinging but accurate comment that ends in "...but it's your money do what you want".
Those some funny chit lines right there!

Don't fret man, I think we all imagine this as dirtman when he first runs across our rig on the trail.


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FYI, I was slightly winded and had a sweaty forehead after I submitted the initial post, so I get it. I am looking forward to following yours since a lot of the stuff I chose was based on your experience and guidance.



Thanks for the positive waves, sir. I wish I could have made it down to Jeep night to get it inspected, however, I was afraid you guys might haze me. I have this reoccurring nightmare where I'm forced to spread crunchy peanut butter between my butt cheeks in exchange for admittance into a secret society.








i thought it was dropping them into a martini you had to drink to the group with after successfully picking-up olives with your butt-cheeks , from off the top of a 200lb slab of ice but ,the crunchy JIF or Peter Pan is a thing, i think that would be degrading AND add a physical element to the whole thing that olives just don't bring. I say ," Engage, Number One" to that criteria having to have been met..




edit: I can imagine him actually out back digging a hole w/ his backhoe for this purpose.

lol...That is what the kids refer to as ," lit" .



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i thought it was dropping them into a martini you had to drink to the group with after successfully picking-up olives with your butt-cheeks , from off the top of a 200lb slab of ice but ,the crunchy JIF or Peter Pan is a thing, i think that would be degrading AND add a physical element to the whole thing that olives just don't bring. I say ," Engage, Number One" to that criteria having to have been met..




edit: I can imagine him actually out back digging a hole w/ his backhoe for this purpose.

lol...That is what the kids refer to as ," lit" .




Jeffery you have been warned in the past (Put Down The Matches) If You Lit another one you'll get locked up , not an ankle bracelet like the last time .
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I don't have an ramp or fork lift so when I need to check if things rub, I use my backhoe to dig a hole in my back yard and drive my jeep into the hole and start looking for binds / rubs.
I miss my old trusty IH backhoe. Yeah, it was older than dirt and parts were getting REALLY hard to find, but she ran well and had so much power.

A few weeks ago I rented a "mini" Kubota backhoe from Home Depot. What a gutless POS. Took hours to dig out a tree stump the old IH would have had out in 5 minutes. And then the Kubota could not pick it up after it was out. I had to roll it away like a dung beetle rolling a ball of shit!

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i thought it was dropping them into a martini you had to drink to the group with after successfully picking-up olives with your butt-cheeks , from off the top of a 200lb slab of ice...
I would not be surprised if that was an actual ritual for some of the elitists that live in the wine country area lol

Btw, looks good Snout. Much better than an FJ any day.
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edit: wait a minute. Why is this hid in the Regional Forums all sneaky like? thedirtman WILL find you.

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We need to join forces, I only clean the outside never cleaned the inside. Dusty plastic doesn't rust so I can't be bothered to deal with it
Ok, we can do this, we just can't screw it up like last time.


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I haven't gone yet either because I'm afraid it's something like this....
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Don't fret man, I think we all imagine this as dirtman when he first runs across our rig on the trail.
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i thought it was dropping them into a martini you had to drink to the group with after successfully picking-up olives with your butt-cheeks
That's how I got my WAL membership. If I pop out the other end of the Rubicon and everyone refers to me as "Peter Pan" you know what happened.

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I miss my old trusty IH backhoe. Yeah, it was older than dirt and parts were getting REALLY hard to find, but she ran well and had so much power.

A few weeks ago I rented a "mini" Kubota backhoe from Home Depot. What a gutless POS. Took hours to dig out a tree stump the old IH would have had out in 5 minutes. And then the Kubota could not pick it up after it was out. I had to roll it away like a dung beetle rolling a ball of shit!

Pics of the backhoe please! Jealous...……..
IH - That's a real backhoe. I'm a Kubota guy, so I understand your frustration behind what I assume to be a BX model's inability to scratch anything below about 6" of dirt. I imagine it was great at pulling itself around the yard every time you stuck the bucket into the soil. BX / B Series frames are too light to do work and you spend 75% of the time fighting the tractor instead of digging.


Here are a couple of my hoes.


Here I'm trying to tear off wiring

B Series are great for tight spaces (i.e. fence lines and grape rows) but the L Series is where they start getting useful. I've dungbeetled my fair share of stumps, never thought of it that way but funny as hell.

Kubota diesels are bullet proof. I will give them that.

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edit: wait a minute. Why is this hid in the Regional Forums all sneaky like? thedirtman WILL find you.
Dude. I was hiding it from the builds that require cutting shit. If it makes you feel better, I went a little crazy cutting back the bumper horns, so now my winch sits halfway into the grill. It was liberating to cut crap off and not care.

edit: probably better move this shit show to chit-chat.

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Trying to decide if I want to burn on gussets this close to JKCON. I'm still on stock BJs but I'm wondering if anyone has had any issue with removing and then re-pressing on the stock BJs. I probably have some life left on these ones and don't want to buy new ones yet.

Also got my winch and bumper situated as far back as I could get it without rubbing against that bracket that the lower part of the grill clips into. The zeon is a bit of a piglet when it comes to bumper real estate. To answer the question nobody asked, "will a Warn Zeon 10 work with a VKS shorty v3 bumper and a swaybar disco?". Yes, but....

If you trim any amount off the bumper horns, the winch tray will most likely interfere with the swaybar disco. You can probably make some sort of spacer that lowers the swaybar and disco. I'm going to drink a few beers, then cut / bend the support and trim the islolator.

Ultimately. I'm just going to buy manual disconnects and throw the disco in a flaming bag and dump it on j3ff3ry_j33p's doorstep.



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Added the winch hoop and finished things up.


Even after cutting up the disco rubber isolator thingie , it's still too tight, so I'm just going to grind off the arm, re-seat the swaybar clamp then burn it back on to the clamp so it all fits.

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Trying to decide if I want to burn on gussets this close to JKCON. I'm still on stock BJs but I'm wondering if anyone has had any issue with removing and then re-pressing on the stock BJs. I probably have some life left on these ones and don't want to buy new ones yet.
Many moons ago, I gusseted my front axle C's without pressing out the ball joints. Just keep a bucket of water and a couple big rags handy: weld and inch or so, then use a soaked rag to pull heat out of the area around the ball joint. Worked fine for me - I went a few years before needing to change out ball joints.

Oh, and your rig is looking sweet! Have fun on the Rubicon

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Ultimately. I'm just going to buy manual disconnects and throw the disco in a flaming bag and dump it on j3ff3ry_j33p's doorstep.
If you do successfully get the e-sway clocked up but still hate it, a lot of fellows I know like having them for removing the motor and adding EVO's no limits manual disconnect vs going with the quick disconnect links.

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I'll go if you go... better yet, JKCON this FRIDAY! I just saw there are fabulous PRIZES.



They say never meet your heroes. haha.



That's how I got my WAL membership. If I pop out the other end of the Rubicon and everyone refers to me as "Peter Pan" you know what happened.



IH - That's a real backhoe. I'm a Kubota guy, so I understand your frustration behind what I assume to be a BX model's inability to scratch anything below about 6" of dirt. I imagine it was great at pulling itself around the yard every time you stuck the bucket into the soil. BX / B Series frames are too light to do work and you spend 75% of the time fighting the tractor instead of digging.


Here are a couple of my hoes.


Here I'm trying to tear off wiring

B Series are great for tight spaces (i.e. fence lines and grape rows) but the L Series is where they start getting useful. I've dungbeetled my fair share of stumps, never thought of it that way but funny as hell.

Kubota diesels are bullet proof. I will give them that.



Dude. I was hiding it from the builds that require cutting shit. If it makes you feel better, I went a little crazy cutting back the bumper horns, so now my winch sits halfway into the grill. It was liberating to cut crap off and not care.

edit: probably better move this shit show to chit-chat.

yup.
I have an article in some magazine that came out in past year or two where two guys had inherited something like a 1955 or 1953 flat fender and wanted to preserve its state of patina and old cage, seats, etc...so they slapped a kubota small but super torquey diesel in it and it took it to Moab where it was a krawling force to be reckoned with.
‘ A topic For another thread, but just backin this statement-up ....




edit: you ragged on your ‘spensive wheel/tires earlier; I think they’re awesome. I would lov3 to have BLs that high quality!


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I have an article in some magazine that came out in past year or two where two guys had inherited something like a 1955 or 1953 flat fender and wanted to preserve its state of patina and old cage, seats, etc...so they slapped a kubota small but super torquey diesel in it and it took it to Moab where it was a krawling force to be reckoned with.
‘ A topic For another thread, but just backin this statement-up ....




edit: you ragged on your ‘spensive wheel/tires earlier; I think they’re awesome. I would lov3 to have BLs that high quality!
I love the V1505s. There's something satisfying about the sound of a tiny diesel working hard. Reminds me of a very tiny locomotive climbing a steep grade. Funny now that I think about it, my B3200 has 4wd, portals, an awesome "stomp on the lever to engage" rear locker. Plus it has the loader to move stuff around. Maybe I should be wheeling it instead.

So, about the BLs. Here's my justification.
They are just easier. No tire shop apes manhandling your shit. No cursing at ancient mespotamian gods when you slip a bead. I wish all my wheels were BLs. If you think resetting a 35" on a wheel is fun, try it with a 15x19.5 ag tire. You will run out of gods to curse.

I really really really like the TRs so far. Little soap and water and the KM2s dropped right on. I swapped the fasteners out for FNL (you'll notice I do that all the time) and applied a smidge of copper-based anti-sieze. I've had the fasteners in and out a few times with no noticeable reactions between the zinc coated steel + copper anti-sieze + aluminum wheels, so contrary to some nitpicking I've seen on the internet, that combo seems safe to me. Probably overkill but I only use the fasteners once, so if anyone needs a shitload of once-used 1-1/4" x 5/16-18, let me know

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Trying to decide if I want to burn on gussets this close to JKCON. I'm still on stock BJs but I'm wondering if anyone has had any issue with removing and then re-pressing on the stock BJs. I probably have some life left on these ones and don't want to buy new ones yet.
You can certainly take them out and put them back in. If you want to keep using them, I'd personally do that instead of welding near them and pouring water on your welds. Most people do seem to get away with it though.
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You can certainly take them out and put them back in. If you want to keep using them, I'd personally do that instead of welding near them and pouring water on your welds. Most people do seem to get away with it though.
Knowing my luck I'd apply water and crack a weld. I'm officially in a mod-freeze-period until after JKCON, so I'll tackle it next week, along with whatever else I dun broke dis weekend
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Knowing my luck I'd apply water and crack a weld. I'm officially in a mod-freeze-period until after JKCON, so I'll tackle it next week, along with whatever else I dun broke dis weekend
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So, it's been almost a month since my knee injury. Ruptured MCL and torn meniscus, followed up by a major infection and sepsis. Spent some time in the hospital sucking down antibiotics. Still can't really walk and it's making me nuts. My Dr. isn't sure how much stability my knee will have when the dust settles. They do not seem too keen on surgery. I'm wondering when I'll be able to hop into my Jeep again. bleah.
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